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Review: “12 Years a Slave”

on November 8, 2013

Velvet Curtain Reviews

12 Years a Slave

For the last few years I have felt that Chiwetel Ejiofor was one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. With convincing roles in films like “Children of Men”, “Serenity”, and “Redbelt”, it’s been a long time coming for him to get some recognition. Throw in some great reviews coming out for “12 Years a Slave” earlier this year and it would be fair to say I was more than excited.

Ejiofor plays the true-life character Solomon Northup, a talented violinist from New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. A story that is almost impossible to believe today, Northup was lured with a promising business opportunity and then betrayed, leaving him a slave in Louisiana for 12 years.

No doubt some people hear the subject matter of “12 Years a Slave” and think “Do we really need to go there again?” It’s not a ridiculous question, but I…

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